The UN Environment Programme, which is set to host the three-day UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi from Monday, says plastic pollution in Africa is accelerating, driven in part by poor rubbish collection and lack of recycling facilities. The AFP news agency reports that some 300 million tonnes of plastic waste — the equivalent weight of the planet’s human population — are produced each year. But globally less than 10 percent is recycled, a figure that anecdotally is far smaller in Africa, although reliable statistics for the continent are rare. Ousmane Danbadji, head of an NGO called the Niger Network for Water and Sanitation, says that “if nothing is done in a few years, Africa will become a dustbin of plastic bags and waste”.
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